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  • 18th September 2006

    Jailed newlywed lesbian stands by her woman 1

    Mother-of-three Ms Smith, 34, received a 14 month sentence at Newcastle Crown Court

    12:00 AM — A lesbian woman is standing by her abusive partner who was jailed for battering her black and blue in a jealous attack.Sarah Smith is starting her 14-month prison sentence after lashing out at Tracy McVeigh only days after their civil partnership ceremony.

  • Gay bars detecting drink spiking 2

    This invention which comes in a matchbook format, according to its manufacturers tests for virtually all the drugs used in drug rape and other drink spiking crimes

    12:00 AM — Following from recent PinkNews.co.uk articles addressing the problem of drink spiking come further developments in the war on drink drugging.By now a large portion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will have likely seen the anti drink spiking caps as demonstrated at both Brighton pride and currently being used within numerous South coast gay clubs. Yet now comes a new way of protecting yourself on a night out.

  • Christian Group seeks gay conscience clause 12

    The Christian Democrats however are seeking an exemption that would allow religious people to withhold goods and services on the basis of sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — The Christian Peoples Alliance (CPA) party has called on the Government to include a 'conscience clause' in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations going before Parliament next month.The Government's new regulations are intended to ensure that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are not discriminated against in the provision of goods, facilities and services.

  • 15th September 2006

    Lawyers defend “homophobic” industry

    Chris Lathbury, a gay man who also works for LA Law, admitted that he was worried about homophobia in the industry but has been welcomed into law firms

    12:00 AM — Lawyers on the South Coast are divided over a report by the Law Society which says that the industry is institutionally homophobic.It reveals a "macho culture" in law firms which is hindering career progression of gay and lesbian lawyers. It describes "constant trips to Spearmint Rhino (a lap dancing club), rugby matches and drinking sessions" as holding undertones of homophobia.

  • Westminster celebrates 500th civil partnership

    Julien Hartley, 40, and his new civil partner, Christopher Godlove, 37, were joined by around 50 family and friends for the ceremony.

    12:00 AM — The City of Westminster celebrated a gay milestone today as the 500th gay couple took their vows at the Old Town Hall in Marylebone.Julien Hartley, 40, and his new civil partner, Christopher Godlove, 37, were joined by around 50 family and friends for the ceremony.

  • 14th September 2006

    Sarah Waters makes Booker prize shortlist

    Earlier this week, Waters was nominated in the Writer of the Year category at the Stonewall Awards. (photo: BBC)

    12:00 AM — Sarah Waters, who brought lesbian fiction to greater prominence with her novel Tipping The Velvet, is on the short list for this year's Man Booker prize, it has been announced.Waters, 40, has been nominated for her most recent work, The Night Watch, which explores the lives of several lesbian, gay and straight characters in 1940's London.

  • Gay clubs queue up to stop drink spiking 1

    Revenge reports that the number of people using the devices is increasing all the time as customers become more aware that protection is available

    12:00 AM — Gay clubs across the south are queuing up to get hold of drink anti-spiking devices after a nightclub in Brighton became the first to offer the protection last month.PinkNews.co.uk reported in August that Revenge nightclub, which is the biggest gay venue on the south coast, was to offer its customers drink protection after a nasty increase in drink-spiking incidents was reported by venues in the area.

  • Clare Short causes outrage – again

    Ms Short has previously been supportive of gay rights, voting for the equalisation of the age of consent in 1999 and the Civil Partnership Bill in 2004.

    12:00 AM — First she offended the gay community by meeting with a radical anti-gay Muslim group.Now former cabinet minister Clare Short has angered the Labour government by saying the country would be better off with a hung parliament after the next election.The government Chief Whip, Jacqui Smith, branded the maverick MP's comments as unacceptable and hinted that she will be disciplined when Parliament returns next month.

  • Gay worker wins homophobic graffiti case

    Yesterday an employment tribunal told Parkam Foods they had failed to deal with Mr Martin's complaint properly.

    12:00 AM — A gay man who was suspended for complaining about anti-gay graffiti has won his case at an employment tribunal.Chris Martin was employed by Parkam Foods, in West Yorkshire. The company supply pre-packaged meats to many of the major UK supermarkets.Finding offensive pornographic material in the men's toilet with his name written next to it, Martin complained to his superiors.

  • Elton John remembers fallen friends

    Elton, who will be 60 next year, has been a major international star since 1970, when “Your Song” was a hit across the world.

    12:00 AM — Singer Elton John has spoken candidly about the many friends he has lost to AIDS, cancer and assassination.A song on his new album, called "Blues Never Fade Away," mourns the loss of pals Gianni Versace, Andy Warhol, Freddie Mercury, John Lennon, and Diana, Princess of Wales.

  • China facing gay AIDS epidemic

    One of China's major cities risks facing an AIDS epidemic reminiscent of San Francisco 25 years ago if authorities do not act, a study warns

    12:00 AM — One of China's major cities risks facing an AIDS epidemic reminiscent of San Francisco 25 years ago if authorities do not act, a study warns.British Sociological Association member, Jennifer Chapman, will argue that gay men in Shenzhen require a better understanding of sexual health, at the organisation's Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference in Edinburgh which starts today.

  • 13th September 2006

    Ashley Cole tackles gay tabloid allegations 2

    Ashley Cole: My Defence, is out on September 21 2006

    12:00 AM — Chelsea and Englander defender Ashley Cole has spoken openly for the first time about tabloid allegations earlier this year that he is gay.The footballer says the "ugly episode" got under his skin in his book Ashley Cole: My Defence, which is being serialised by The Times this week.

  • Childbirth group provides lesbian only classes

    Antenatal classes are an important way for women to prepare for childbirth

    12:00 AM — A national parenting support charity is to open lesbian only ante-natal classes for Bradford mums-to-be.The initiative, led by Sarah Williams, a National Childbirth Trust (NCT) ante-natal teacher is a first in this country and may soon reach the rest of the UK.

  • PinkNews nominated for gay contribution award 2

    PinkNews.co.uk has been shortlisted as publication of the year in the Stonewall Awards

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has been shortlisted as Publication of the Year in the Stonewall Awards.Nominees were announced today for the 2006 ceremony which includes awards recognising the contribution to the gay community of broadcasters, writers and publications such as PinkNews.co.uk which is the only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) news service shortlisted along with lesbian magazine Diva, The Economist, Guardian Unlimited, and The Independent.

  • Stonewall nominates gay heroes and villains 2

    The Bully of the Year shortlist includes Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles for repeatedly and deliberately using the word 'gay' in a derogatory manner

    12:00 AM — Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles and former Muslim Council of Britain leader Sir Iqbal Sacranie will fight it out for Bully of the Year after being nominated for a Stonewall Award today.Nominees were announced this afternoon for the 2006 ceremony which includes awards recognising the contribution to the gay community of politicians, entertainers and employers as well as bullies and heroes.

  • Gay man wins graffiti discrimination claim

    The judgement concluded that Parkam Foods did not deal with Mr Martin's grievances adequately enough under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003

    12:00 AM — A gay man who was suspended from a food manufacturing company after complaining about homophobic and pornographic graffiti has won a claim of constructive dismissal against his former employer.Chris Martin, a quality assurance assistant at Parkam Foods, a national poultry supplier, complained to his managers in May 2005 after finding offensive pornographic graffiti in the men's toilets, in what his lawyers are calling just one of a number of complaints against the company based on sexual harassment and discrimination laws.

  • Anti-gay pastor “promoting hatred” 11

    Ake Green  delivered a fiery anti-gay sermon that triggered a legal battle testing the limits of Sweden's freedom of speech

    12:00 AM — Gay groups have expressed concern at a controversial Christian pastor who is currently touring the country holding debates on Christianity and sexual ethics.Pentecost Ake Green was convicted of hate crimes in 2004 after referring to gay people as a tumour on society in a sermon in Kalmar, Sweden, he was later acquitted but is now drawing criticism for a series of talks with Evangelical charity The Christian Institute.

  • Seagulls act against homophobia

    Brighton and Hove Albion football club is launching a campaign against homophobia due to an increase in anti-gay chants at matches

    12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove Albion football club is launching a campaign against homophobia as a result of an increase in anti-gay chants at matches.The club, nicknamed The Seagulls, says that it is receiving more and more complaints about the verbal abuse, which is aimed at fans due to Brighton's reputation as a 'gay city'.

  • Scottish gay adoption bill passes first stage

    The bill aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament has given its backing to a new law allowing gay couples to adopt.Despite calls from the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland to oppose the bill, MSPs backed the principles of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill by 103 votes to eight, with eight abstentions, potentially giving unmarried couples and gay partners the right to adopt children.

  • 12th September 2006

    Sisters argue for gay union and marriage inheritance rights

    Their case will by heard by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg today

    12:00 AM — Two elderly sisters are set to argue for inheritance tax exemptions which usually apply to civil partners and married couples.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.

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